Palazzo Viti in Volterra
Il palazzo guards in the dirty 14 open to the public, many "souvenirs" of commercial trips made over the years by Giuseppe Viti, as objects in Amber, ivory, Chinese and Indian miniatures, besides beautiful pieces in alabaster, including the two monumental candlesticks performed for Maximilian of Habsburg.
The rooms are still furnished with valuable antique furnishings (from the seventeenth to the twentieth century), paintings, including authors such as Just Sustermann, Vittorio Corcos, Lucia Anguissola and others, in addition to rich collections of fans and porcelains (a beautiful collection of broth cups will be kept for the puerpera of the major Italian and European manufacturers).
All welcomed in rooms still magnificently frescoed with “fake parade” decorations and beautiful ceilings, decorations that date back to the second half of the nineteenth century.
The palace was also chosen as a set of the film by Luchino Visconti “Vaghe Stelle dell'Orsa” with Claudia Cardinale e Jean Sorel (1964), winner of the Golden Lion al Venice Film Festival.
The history of Palazzo Viti
Palazzo Viti it was built at the end of Five hundred from the noble Volterra Attilio Incontri.
It was then purchased in 1850 by the Viti family, who are still the owner and live in it in part, thanks to the enormous economic fortune made by Giuseppe Viti (1816-1860), merchant of alabaster.
The Viti family owned one of the largest alabaster factories in existence in Volterra, in which objects of great value were produced.
Giuseppe Viti dedicated his whole life to commerce, going as a child to the United States, then in the South America until you reach l'India where nabob e Maraja bought beautiful alabaster masterpieces making the Volterra merchant very rich (a maraja also named him Emir of Nepal) and giving him many oriental objects that are still preserved in the building.
Services: wedding locations and events in Volterra
Weddings: € 1.000
Company events: € 500
Price of visits:
€ 5 full - € 3 reduced (university students, boys from 10 to 18 years, groups minimum 10 people)
Responsible: Dr. Simona Michelotti